We Love What Makes You Unique
Your perspective fuels our mission-driven work at United Way of Greater New Haven. We are committed to building a team that is inclusive across race, gender, age, religion, identity, and lived experience. As an organization, we are committed to addressing systemic racism and injustice in our community, our partnerships, and our practices.
Who We Are Looking For
Are you passionate about living in a community where parents have the skills, access, and confidence to advocate for positive change for their children and families? Are you an experienced event planner with a love for logistics? Do you believe in the power of offering network building, strengths-based coaching, and life-long learning opportunities for our community? Are you a highly skilled project manager who enjoys designing effective learning experiences and would relish the chance to support a newly launched project?
If so, our part-time Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) Coordinator position may be perfect for you.
An Overview of the Role
United Way, in partnership with Workforce Alliance, is looking to hire a highly effective and entrepreneurial Coordinator to help launch a new PLTI program in New Haven. PLTI started in Connecticut over 30 years ago and has grown to become a global network of over 69 communities pursuing the mission of engaging parents in civic life and advocacy to improve outcomes for their children and families.
The Coordinator position will plan, organize and coordinate the implementation of two PLTI cohorts: an inaugural PLTI Cohort in January 2024 and a second cohort in the Fall of 2024. The coordinator will oversee all aspects of the training with the help of a Civic Design team and will be a part-time UWGNH employee. On average, the position is 20 hours per week but could be more or less depending on the course schedule. The coordinator is expected to work evenings during the 20-week training cohorts. The position pays $25 per hour.
Participants in PLTI will become advocates for children through a 20-week training that include a 10-week instructional course on community, personal development, and parent leadership; and a 10-week civics program. Through PLTI, participants will practice communication, public speaking, and media advocacy skills; understand budgets, policy, and laws that affect children; learn how to work in political systems; and work on a culminating community project.
What You Are Great At
- You believe in the power of civic engagement and community voice. You have experience advocating for change, with a particular passion for children and families. You bring the spirit, creativity, and voice of working with parents and children into the work!
- You are a highly skilled events manager who executes high quality experiences. You effectively plan and schedule logistics months ahead of time. You proactively organize time (yours and others’). You make sure project partners and facilitators are informed and ready to present and participants are ready to learn. You ensure participants experience meaningful sessions that build their skills.
- You are a strong communicator. You have strong writing skills that translate across emails, project documentation, and presentation outlines. Your communication skills (which includes good listening skills!) also help you build productive relationships with partners and participants.
- You are a creative network-builder. You are connected across diverse networks of service providers, community organizations, and community leaders and leverage those networks to recruit participants and supporters. You invest in community relationships in a way that benefits the community in all directions.
- You value data to shine light on the most impactful stories. You track and can synthesize data to demonstrate both program impact and areas to improve.
- You’re a team player. You work well with others, including both internal and external audiences. You proactively offer assistance to colleagues when you see the need. And, you have experience contributing to a positive organizational culture that values diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
What You Will Do
- Design and implement PLTI Cohort recruitment and selection process. Plan and implement activities to recruit a diverse cohort of PLTI participants including designing promotional materials, making presentations to community organizations and groups about PLTI, organizing the application and selection process, maintain all applications.
- Provide support and coordination for PLTI Cohort Meetings & Graduations. Plan and implement activities for weekly meetings – including organizing meeting logistics, communications with participants, communications with facilitators and guest speakers, coordinate childcare, meals and transportation, prepare all materials for each class. Be on site for each class to provide support to participants and facilitators. Coordinate PLTI local and statewide graduations.
- Manage PLTI Program Information and Data. Maintain and monitor attendance, monitor progress of cohort participants, support completion of community projects, maintain an accurate up-to-date mailing list of participants and partners, provide updates and data to CWCS (Commission on Women, Children and Seniors).
- Manage PLTI Program Budget and Grant requirements. Monitor & track expenses, work with Civic Design Team to oversee and stay within budget and comply with grant requirements and reporting. Support fund raising and grant writing initiatives that leverage parent and partner engagement.
- Support Civic Design Team & Community Partnerships. Provide administrative and logistical support to the Civic Design Team which includes coordinating regular monthly meetings and providing regular status updates. Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the community and appropriate groups on all relevant issues.
About United Way
United Way of Greater New Haven brings people and organizations together to create solutions to Greater New Haven’s most pressing challenges in the areas of Education, Health, and Financial Stability grounded in racial and social justice. We tackle issues that cannot be solved by any one group working alone. We operate according to our organizational values.
In accordance with organizational policies, this position requires a criminal background check as a condition of employment. United Way staff are currently working hybrid, with at least two days per week in our office in New Haven. Pay for this part-time position is $25/hour for 20 hours/week. This position is grant funded through January 31, 2025).
United Way is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Don’t check off every box in the requirements listed above? Please apply anyway! Studies have shown that marginalized communities - such as women, LGBTQ+ and people of color - are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. United Way of Greater New Haven is dedicated to building an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible workplace that fosters a sense of belonging – so if you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to still consider submitting an application. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings!
- Bachelor’s degree with at least three to five years of relevant experience in nonprofit administration, events planning, and community advocacy and outreach OR the equivalent of lived experience in a related field.
- Substantive knowledge of the Greater New Haven landscape of nonprofit and city partners who provide services and/or programs that address civic engagement, education, early childcare, financial stability, workforce development, and other issues.
- Strong communication skills and the ability to interface with key stakeholders and represent the PLTI program and UWGNH in a variety of settings. Demonstrated ability to synthesize material, both verbally and in written form for a broad audience. Able to present information at meetings.
- Positive customer-service orientation to both external partners as well as our internal UWGNH team. Skills to establish and maintain high quality relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
- Excellent organization skills and sharp attention to detail. Ability to proactively see what actions are needed and take initiative.
- Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Demonstrated comfort in learning new software/ online tools as needed.
- Highly motivated and creative out-of-the-box problem solver who demonstrates sound judgement.
- Community minded with high-level active listening skills and the ability to connect with people of different economic and ethnic backgrounds. Ability to balance a variety of perspectives representing all areas of diversity including race, ethnicity, gender, ability, age, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs/faith practices.
- Spanish speaker preferred, but not required.
- Local and statewide travel is required; out of state travel as needed.